Higginbotham to miss Lions tour and Super Rugby

Wallabies and Melbourne Rebels loose forward Scott Higginbotham has been ruled out of Australia’s Test series against the British and Irish Lions and the rest of the Super Rugby season.

Higginbotham is out of rugby for the rest of the year and he will also miss the Wallabies end of year tour.

The rehabilitation timelines are such that he is not expected to be fit to return to play until the start of next year’s Super Rugby competition.

Higginbotham, who has played 23 Tests since his debut against France on the 2010 Spring Tour, dislocated his right shoulder making a tackle during last Saturday night’s 20-33 loss to the Queensland Reds in Super Rugby at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The injury was allowed to settle for a few days, and he was assessed by the Wallabies medical staff in Sydney on Monday, but scans revealed extensive ligament damage, which meant a full shoulder reconstruction is required.

Higginbotham has returned to Melbourne where he will undergo the surgery.

The Rebels have received some good news as foundation Rebel Hugh Pyle underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Melbourne yesterday and the medical staff are optimistic that he will return in Rebels colours this season.

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